Gregory-Portland ISD has set a backup date for its high school graduation.  The school district is set to reopen on Tuesday, May 5, after Gov. Greg Abbott ordered schools to close until that date to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As long as there is no change to that timeline, graduation will take place as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. May 22 at the American Bank Center, the district said in an email Wednesday. view article arw

Brock ISD board of trustees approved a resolution to delegate certain authorities related to the COVID-19 pandemic during Monday’s board meeting held via Zoom.  The resolution includes 12 items for the superintendent or their designee to have the authority to do if necessary. They are: view article arw

Following Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ announcement to extend the Safer at Home order through April 30 and Governor Greg Abbott’s order that schools remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 4, Garland ISD announced it is revising its extended school closing date from May 21 to indefinitely, with a review the week of May 4.  District officials reported that they remain at Level Red and will provide updates as they receive additional information. The district’s at-home and eLearning instruction will continue throughout the closure.   (08) view article arw

Plano ISD trustees have granted the administration new authority as it navigates the COVID-19 shutdowns.  The board of trustees approved four new areas of authority on April 7 for Superintendent Sara Bonser to give the administration additional flexibility in matters of purchasing, employee pay and donations to local first responders.  The new authorities are temporary and would expire when schools reopen or if the board voted to end them earlier.  Bonser told trustees that none of the authorities were placed in the resolution lightly and that she would use them “with great discretion.” They were intended to allow the district to move more swiftly to meet the needs of students and employees during the coronavirus closures, she said. view article arw

“Texas tells locals they must delay their upcoming May elections” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. view article arw

General elections are next scheduled in Texas for May 2, 2020. Whether any elections take place on that date remains to be seen. For Texas school districts, there are issues concerning whether they should conduct elections at that time or postpone until November. While that question has been our primary consideration, there is also a related and additional question: How do we inspire voter turnout, now and going forward? School districts, educators and administrators have an interest in getting out the vote and in encouraging student voting. Below we will consider issues related to making determinations about conducting or postponing elections, how those decisions may affect voter turnout, and methods to increase turnout going forward from these strange days.

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Monday morning, College Station ISD’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting via online videoconference amid COVID-19 school closures. The board’s sole consideration is whether to delegate certain authority to Interim Superintendent Mike Martindale to act in place of the board of trustees during the COVID-19 emergency school closure.  Martindale will also offer an update on COVID-19 and the district’s response.  Bryan ISD covered a similar resolution delegating authority to Superintendent Christie Whitbeck at their April 1 meeting. view article arw

Austin Independent School District leaders voted Monday night on what to do for the rest of the semester now that school is online indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. During their emergency meeting on April 6, the AISD Board of Trustees passed several resolutions. The first resolution allows the district to keep paying employees while schools are shut down. It also continues funding for food services. view article arw

MIDWAY, Texas- The Midway ISD Board of Trustees have postponed the May 2, 2020 elections. The board met on Friday, April 3, 2020 and approved an order to postpone the May 2, 2020 election to November 3, 2020. If the Governor grants an option for an earlier election, the Board will consider having an earlier election. view article arw

Hudson ISD postpones graduation

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Hudson ISD announced on Saturday that they’re postponing graduation for high school seniors.  They said in a Facebook post that their location is not available and they want to keep the kids and their grandparents safe.  “We will have some form of graduation/ceremony at some point in the future,” the post read. “At this time, we have no choice but to delay.”  The school asked for patience from parents and students and said they’ll announce a date for a future ceremony. view article arw

The Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees election is postponed to Nov. 3 because of COVID-19, according to a written statement from the district.  Place 6 Trustee Mike Smith is being challenged by Rob Woods, while Place 7 Trustee Melanie Roudkovski is unopposed.  Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation that allows school districts and municipalities to delay local elections from May 2 until the general election in November because of the COVID-19 pandemic. view article arw

Dallas ISD students are continuing to learn during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but they are unlikely to return to the classroom this year, district Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said during a news conference Monday. The district will make a final determination in short order, he said.  "We're very close to making that call, but we don't want students to give up yet," he said. view article arw

In an attempt to thwart the spread the novel coronavirus, the two Clear Creek ISD trustee races slated for May 5 have been pushed back to Nov. 3, and that has directly impacted candidates’ political campaigns.  “My campaign is not extremely active at this point,” said Michelle Davis, a candidate for the District 2 seat on the board, which now will be held by incumbent Win Weber into November. “I post what I can on websites and continue to let friends and neighbors know that I am running and that the election is delayed until November.” view article arw

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Monday morning, College Station ISD’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting via online videoconference amid COVID-19 school closures.The board’s sole consideration is whether to delegate certain authority to Interim Superintendent Mike Martindale to act in place of the board of trustees during the COVID-19 emergency school closure.  Martindale will also offer an update on COVID-19 and the district’s response. view article arw

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — In an update published to Facebook, College Station ISD interim superintendent, Mike Martindale, and high school principals announced the new dates for the Class of 2020 proms and graduations.  "As a former high school principal, one of my most favorite things were to celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors," said Martindale. "Know that those of us at CSISD are committed to celebrating our seniors." view article arw

Citing the state’s stay-at-home order, the Texas secretary of state is instructing municipalities to delay their May 2 elections. In an email to local election officials sent Thursday afternoon, the state’s director of elections, Keith Ingram, said cities, towns and school boards that hadn’t pushed their upcoming elections to November “must take action to do so immediately” or risk facing a challenge in court. view article arw

Katy ISD continued to experience upheaval Monday as Ashley Vann suddenly announced she was stepping down as board president and two new board members were sworn in, just a few weeks after Lance Hindt, the district's controversial superintendent, announced he would retire next January. When the school board returned from closed session Monday night, Vann acknowledged how proud she was to serve the school district during Hurricane Harvey and of watching the community come together, but then her tone shifted. view article arw

Trustees with Port Neches-Groves Independent School District are looking at ways to sweeten the pot for custodians. Trustees will hold a called meeting at noon Tuesday at the administration building, 620 Ave. C, in Port Neches where they will consider increasing the hourly starting pay rate for custodians from $8.51 per hour to $9.50 per hour. They will also consider offering additional summer work days to encourage current and future custodians a broader annual salary, which could assist in alleviating the custodian vacancy issues, according to information from the district. view article arw

Eagle Pass ISD administration and employees are pushing for voter participation as the Tax Ratification Election comes closer. At the Chamber of Commerce Community Breakfast on Wednesday, May 24, C.C. Winn High School Principal Jesus Diaz-Wever, Eagle Pass Junior High Vice Principal Yolanda Ramon, and Deputy Superintendent for Business and Finance Ismael Mijares stressed the importance of the election. “Saturday will be the chance for everyone in Eagle Pass to do something for these students,” said Ramon. “Our students deserve it. This is for them, we ask you to please remember that when you’re voting.” view article arw

The Frisco ISD School Board heard a summary of the proposed 2017-18 budget during its meeting on Monday. No action was taken. More than 50 budget recommendations were outlined in April to trim spending and generate additional revenue to address funding challenges. The recommendations were the result of months of work by employees, trustees, parents and citizens who shared ideas and input on possible solutions. Monday’s presentation included discussion of the remaining budget timeline, as well as a look at proposed budgets for both the maintenance and operations (M&O) fund, which pays for day-to-day expenses such as staff salaries, as well as the interest and sinking (I&S) fund, which pays off debt from issuing bonds to build new schools and fund other projects. view article arw

Here are six takeaways from the Round Rock ISD board of trustees voting Thursday to approve the RRISD District of Innovation plan: view article arw

The Frisco Independent School District meets Monday to work on some of the problems associated with being one of Texas’ fastest growing areas. The board will be voting on a proposal to help balance its budget by delaying the openings of four new schools. view article arw

The Dallas school board Thursday night voted against putting a tax ratification election before voters this fall. The proposed 13-cent tax hike would have given the district $100 million to fund early childhood education and early college high school programs. The district also wanted to expand a program that pays extra money to top teachers who take jobs in some of the district’s toughest schools. view article arw

TEA assigns monitor to Marfa ISD

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Marfa ISD board of trustees groaned when Superintendent Andrew Peters announced he hired a Professional Service Provider (PSP), also known as a monitor as a result of the school district not meeting Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) academic standards. Holly Roberts, recently retired at Midland ISD, will assist MISD to meet TEA standards. Marfa ISD received an “improvement required” in TEA’s 2015 accountability rating, the only district in the tri-county area to get that moniker. Schools in Alpine, Fort Davis, Valentine and Presidio met standard and also received distinction designations. view article arw

Greg Aune, an Argyle ISD school board trustee, has resigned. Board members discussed in closed session whether to leave Aune’s position vacant, appoint someone to the seat or hold a special election to fill the position at Monday night’s school board meeting. view article arw

The Lampasas Independent School District met Monday to discuss the district’s fiscal year 2016 budget and proposed tax rates. “My idea was still to give everyone a tax break, but to make it 1 cent right now, and we could change it in a year if we need to,” board member Sam Walker said. “I think we are jumping the gun by dropping it 2 cents.” view article arw

The Palestine Independent School District school board held a special meeting Monday and Tuesday night to interview possible board candidates. A position on the board opened after the resignation of Dana Staples earlier this month. The board choose not to take action on the interviews during the closed session. After reconvening into open session, board members voted on the approval of the new student code of conduct for the 2015-2016 school year. According to Superintendent Jason Marshall, most of the changes made to the code were to appease decisions made in the legislative session. view article arw

Frisco Independent School District School Board President Anne McCausland has earned the Master Trustee designation by completing Leadership TASB, a Texas Association of School Boards program. view article arw

Longview ISD officials are evaluating bids to demolish the vacant T.G. Field Auditorium in downtown. Trustees voted 4-3 in January not to sell the auditorium for $200,000, despite district Assistant Superintendent Lynn Marshall saying he didn't see the district having a use for the property. view article arw

The Amarillo City Council on Tuesday bid adieu to Councilman Jim Simms and named former two-term city commissioner and Amarillo businessman Ron Boyd to fill Simms’ unexpired term. view article arw

Highland Park ISD has suspended seven titles from the curriculum after a wave of criticism surrounding some content. view article arw

Officials with the El Paso County Republican Party are questioning the legality of a proposed early voting site on the West Side. Two GOP leaders in El Paso said the proposed designation of the Canutillo Independent School District's administration building as a permanent early voting location "leaves the appearance of impropriety" because a school district trustee is on the ballot in a justice of the peace race. view article arw